Cristiano Ronaldo nets perfect hat-trick in a 7-goal thriller

Real Madrid 5-2 Real Sociedad: Cristiano Ronaldo scores a perfect hat-trick en route to victory.

Real Madrid recorded a much needed victory over a below-par Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening as the hosts in the end won 5-2.

Real Madrid could not have started the game in better fashion. Ronaldo made the most of an inadvertent touch from Aritz Elustondo to deliver a chipped cross that Vazquez headed home inside a minute. The hosts were in charge from the off but it took until the 27th minute for them to add to their lead when Marcelo squared for the unmarked Ronaldo to slot home just inside the area, and seven minutes later Kroos curled a delightful third.

Ronaldo added his second of the evening and 10th league goal of the season soon after, when he powered a header over the line from Luka Modric’s perfectly-weighted corner as Real went into the break in a commanding position. Sociedad managed to pull one back when Bautista picked up Mikel Oyarzabal’s pass and tucked a composed effort past Keylor Navas.

Both sides are in European action next week as Real host PSG in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, with Sociedad also at home as they take on Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League the following day.

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